Universal Aviation Mexico, a joint venture between Avemex and Universal Weather and Aviation to provide business aircraft ground support throughout Mexico, broke ground today on a new, 50,000-sq-ft hangar at its FBO at Toluca International Airport (MMTO). The $3.5 million hangar is slated for completion in June and will be the fifth for Universal Aviation Mexico, the most of any business aviation handler at Toluca.
With the new hangar, Universal Aviation Mexico will increase its total hangar space at Toluca to almost 170,000 sq ft, including a 16,640-sq-ft maintenance hangar. Construction of the hangar comes two years after a multimillion-dollar renovation of Universal Aviation Mexico’s 16,384-sq-ft FBO terminal at Toluca.
“Over the past two years, we’ve made significant investments in Toluca,” said Universal chairman Greg Evans. “Available parking and hangarage at Toluca is extremely limited and has been a challenge for some time—especially for transient, non-based operators. We are building this hangar to address this need for our clients at this high-traffic destination.”
The additional ramp space included in the expansion means Universal Aviation Mexico can support simultaneous arrivals and departures while still moving aircraft in and out of the hangars. Also included with the new construction is 32,000 sq ft of built-in office space and 17,200 sq ft of storage space, predominantly for locally-based operators.
“Demand for hangar and office space for operators based at Toluca continues to outpace availability all across the airport,” said Grupo Avemex president Agustin Lanzagorta. “Some FBOs at the airport are taking advantage of this by positioning aircraft very closely to one another to accommodate additional aircraft, which creates potential safety issues. We’ve been unwilling to make these same compromises, so sometimes we have to turn away potential new tenants. This investment allows us to support the growing number of aircraft at Toluca while still adhering to our stringent safety standards.”
Universal Aviation has more than 50 locations in some 20 countries, with five locations operated under Universal Aviation Mexico. That division also offers handling services in more than 50 airports in Mexico. Avemex manages a mixed fleet of 24 aircraft and helicopters, and its service division, Centro de Servicio Avemex, provides maintenance, airframe services and engine and APU services.